OCHS Teams of the 90's
Kevin Sinclair, Doug Colman top OC football players of 90s!
By TOM WILLIAMS
Gazette Staff Writer
When you have a decade like Ocean City High School did in football
during the 1990s, picking an all-decade team can be quite a chore.
Ocean City won three South Jersey championships in those 10 years and
the Raiders were 9-1, 8-2 and 7-3 in three of the seasons they did NOT
win the NJSIAA title. In fact, there was such a depth of talent that
you could put together a pretty good team just from among the players
who do not make this all-decade team.
Two things are pretty clear. Kevin Sinclair is the OCHS Offensive
Player of the 90s and Doug Colman is the Defensive Player of the 90s.
Sinclair set state scoring records and Cape-Atlantic League rushing
records during his spectacular career. He was named the top senior
athlete in the state by one group during his final year.
Colman was South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and also
rushed for over 1,000 yards during his career. Even if you don't
consider what he has accomplished since graduating (and we don't in
these All-90s selections) he was Ocean City's best on the defensive
side of the ball.
Joining Colman on defense at inside linebacker was Greg LeFever. The
outside linebackers are Jay Toscano and Britt Busby. The defensive
secondary is the very athletic trio of Josh Baker, Ray Rogers and
The defensive line features two-time CAL all star Heath Muzslay and
sack king Ernie Nelson at the ends, two-time all star Pete Simon and
Bob Brown at the tackles. Matt Chila is the punter.
The offensive line includes Dennis Singleton, Nick Bailey and Stacy McCray
at the tackles, Bryan DiDonato and Josh Roe at the guards and Brendan Gheen at center.
Sinclair is joined at running back by Austin Martin and Dan Davis. The
wide receiver is Scott Lipford and Chila, at tight end, becomes the
only player selected at two positions. Matt Daher is the placekicker.
That brings us to quarterback.
Do you choose Matt LeFever, who had a tremendous career that included
the school's only 11-0 team and spectacular passing efficiency ratings?
Or Al Genz, who set most of the school passing records and
quarterbacked two South Jersey champions?
"I'm not going to make that decision," said OC coach Gary Degenhardt
when asked for his opinion. "I'd be happy to send my team out with
But somebody has to make the choice or the Raiders will be flagged for
too many players on the field. So, Genz gets the slight edge as the
quarterback on this All-90s team. But, as in the NFL, great teams need
more than one quarterback and Ocean City had two great ones in the
In fact, it is easy to forget how many talented athletes played
football for Ocean City over the 10 seasons from 1990-99 until you
start putting this team together. "It's quite a team," admitted
Degenhardt. "I think we could win a few games with that team."
But, as Degenhardt would be the first to point out, you don't win 71
games in 10 seasons with just 24 great players. The Raiders needed
every one of thse talented athletes who wore the red and white on fall
These two dozen were simply the best.
OCHS Football in the 90s
Year....Record....Coach............Leading TD Scorer
1990....4-5....Wayne Colman.......Doug Colman 9
1991....4-5....Gary Degenhardt....Dan Davis 8
1992....7-3....Gary Degenhardt....three tied 9
1993....3-6....Gary Degenhardt....Rick Lipford 7
1994....9-1....Gary Degenhardt....Kevin Sinclair 21
1995....8-2....Gary Degenhardt....Kevin Sinclair 30
1996....11-0...Gary Degenhardt....Kevin Sinclair 30
1997....6-4....Gary Degenhardt....Ray Rogers 7
1998....11-1...Gary Degenhardt....Austin Martin 24
1999....8-4....Gary Degenhardt....Brian Coggins 16
The All-90s Raider Offensive Football Team
The All-90s Raider Defensive Football Team